Schaffhausen is a beautiful historic town near the German border, just 40 minutes from Zurich by car.
We visited this charming city in December, just in time for the Christmas market. We parked our car at Diana Parkhaus, which is close to the city center with only 2 CHF / hour.
The city is so beautifully decorated in the spirit of Christmas, you could sense the smell of mulled wine everywhere and we even saw a lovely artistic dance on the ice rink.
Best things to visit in Schaffhausen in 1 Day:
The Old Town
We really enjoyed walking around the Medieval Old Town passing by the Baroque buildings and beautifully decorated facades. This stunning building below is Haus zum Ritter (House of the Knight).
Explore the car-free Old Town, admire the decorative windows, painted facades, clock towers and stop by for something to eat at one of the Christmas markets.
Gothic church of St. Johann
The Gothic church of St. Johann is another place that is not to be missed, especially in this time of year, when it looks so amazing under Christmas lights.
One of the top attractions in Schaffhausen is the impressive Munot Fortress. High above the city, the 16th-century ring-shaped fortress is the best place to admire the surrounding landscape. The Fortress is surrounded by a vineyard, so I can imagine how fragrant it can become in the fall. From up here you get splendid views of the River Rhine and Schaffhausen’s Old Town. We definitely need to visit the city again in summertime.
Schaffhausen is considered one of the prettiest towns in Switzerland and there is no doubt about that. Every corner of the city is stunning.
Did you know that from the city you are just 10 minutes away (by car) from the largest waterfall in Europe?? The Rhine Falls is not to be missed by any means. I’ll chat more about Rhine Falls in a separate post. Until then…
Have an amazing day!